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by Mark Zalewski
March 17, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding under threat; British Cycling board minutes illustrate desire for cover-up; Critérium du Dauphiné announces route, alternative Alpe d’Huez ascent; Démare says he has nothing to defend about Sanremo win; Vanmarcke on the mend, will miss Sanremo; Barguil out of Sanremo with ankle injury; Meares considered consulting Hoy over retirement; Iris Slappendel starts cycling clothing line; Driver charged after confrontation with cyclists caught on video; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: The Garners; FWDSET: Movement; Pici Bici – The Collective // Matic.
Anna Meares said she considered consulting British track star Chris Hoy over when to begin her retirement. The Aussie track star said she thought about waiting until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games set for April, but instead chose to end after the Rio Games.
“I was very close to contacting him and seeking some advice on his decision on that,” Meares told the Herald Sport. “Because for me when the Gold Coast games were announced, it was like that, a golden carrot dangling in front of you that you are just so desperate to make. To be quite honest I had the fairytale way to go out in front of me and I chose not to take it. I can’t begin to express how difficult that was.
Meares was pondering racing the Gold Coast games which would have seen her compete on the velodrome that bears her name. Chris Hoy had a similar dilemma whether or not to prolong his career to compete on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at Glasgow 2014.
“I love competition, it is such a rare environment, particularly the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games,” she added. “I could live there. But the day-to-day grind takes its toll and for an older athlete with an ageing body, it can be quite a difficult thing to drag through those final years. The main thing for me was my physical health and my lower back is not in the best condition. I could have got to the Gold Coast but I don’t believe I would have been competitive.”
Meares will have an ambassadorial role at Gold Coast 2018.
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